Business Insider is facing a lawsuit from Nell Oxman, the wife of billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, after the magazine accused her of plagiarizing her 2010 doctoral thesis.
Oxman, a renowned designer and former MIT professor, allegedly copied sentences and paragraphs from a variety of sources, including Wikipedia, other academics, and technical documents, in his 330-page paper at MIT. .
Business Insider published two articles on Jan. 4 and 5 exposing Mr. Oxman's plagiarism and the recent resignation of Harvard University President Claudine Gay, who was also accused of academic fraud. tied.
Mr. Ackman, who has been a vocal critic of Mr. Gay's response to Congressional hearings on him and anti-Semitism, called Business Insider's reporting about his wife hypocritical and defamatory.
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“To be clear, I'm talking about a lawsuit.”
He said he was given less than two hours to respond to the allegations and that the magazine's Israeli-born editor was biased against Oxman.
He also said the article caused “severe psychological damage” to his wife and that she could have been “literally murdered” without the support of her loved ones.
“She has suffered severe psychological damage,” he wrote to X. “And with her introversion, it was very difficult for her to get through each day.”
Mr. Ackman said his wife acknowledged that she had left out four quotation marks and one footnote in the paper, but denied intentional plagiarism.
He threatened to sue Business Insider and its parent company Axel Springer for “false claims and defamation.”
“Let me be clear: when we say charges, we mean lawsuits,” Ackman said Monday.
He also posted a scene from the movie “Gladiator” and the quote “At my signal, unleash hell” on X, suggesting he was ready for a legal battle with Business Insider.
However, Business Insider stood by the article, saying they were true, well-documented, and newsworthy.
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The magazine's CEO, Barbara Penn, issued a statement on Sunday saying there was no personal, political or religious agenda behind the article and that it was completed with editorial independence. Ta.
“There was no unfair bias or personal, political or religious motivation in pursuing this story,” Peng said.
“Business Insider supports and empowers journalists to share newsworthy, fact-based stories with our readers, and we do so with editorial independence.” Penn said. added.